Increase in numbers among obese pets - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Increase in numbers among obese pets

Veterinarian Ivy Chupp explains how pets can reduce their chances of becoming overweight Veterinarian Ivy Chupp explains how pets can reduce their chances of becoming overweight
Daily exercise can reduce a pets chances of becoming overweight Daily exercise can reduce a pets chances of becoming overweight
Good quality brand dog food is also important for a dog's diet Good quality brand dog food is also important for a dog's diet

Veterinarians are seeing a growing number of obese pets come through their facilities. About 50 percent of dogs and cats that visit the vet are overweight.

Health risks include heart disease, diabetes, and orthopedic issues. Vets say you should be able to see a trim waistline on your pet and feel its ribs without seeing them. They say you should carefully look at the food you buy for your pets.

 "Feeding a good quality dog food is the most important part thing, there is always a feeding guideline on the back of the bag," said Bush Animal Clinic Veterinarian Ivy Chupp. "It's so easy to look at your pets eyes and think well he's starving I think I need to give him more. You really do need to stick with the recommended feeding guidelines and every food is different, so look on the back of your bag. Treats are fine in moderation."

Vets say your animals should stay away from table food and taking your pet out a few minutes a day for exercise can reduce their chances of being overweight.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Town Hall Saturday for grant eligibility

    Town Hall Saturday for grant eligibility

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:21 PM EST2018-02-23 18:21:51 GMT
    Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)
    Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)

    Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard is hosting a town hall for all residents on Saturday morning.  The city's community economic development director will be speaking about grants many Albany residents qualify for from the federal and state government.  

    More >>

    Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard is hosting a town hall for all residents on Saturday morning.  The city's community economic development director will be speaking about grants many Albany residents qualify for from the federal and state government.  

    More >>
  • Irwin Co. man pleads guilty to 2016 murder

    Irwin Co. man pleads guilty to 2016 murder

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:15 PM EST2018-02-23 18:15:36 GMT
    Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)
    Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)

    An Irwin County man will spend the next 30 years behind bars.  Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder last week in Irwin County. 

    More >>

    An Irwin County man will spend the next 30 years behind bars.  Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder last week in Irwin County. 

    More >>
  • Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:31 AM EST2018-02-23 16:31:46 GMT
    Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly